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Rumor: Liga MX Brian Fernandez close to deal with the Portland Timbers

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Let’s not get too excited yet

Bennett Dewan

Mexican sports newspaper The Record published a story yesterday in which 24-year-old right winger Brian Fernandez may be in talks with the Portland Timbers. The Argentine, currently at Liga MX club Necaxa—was to go to Cruz Azul, but the deal fell through. Now, Portland may be competing with other Mexican clubs for his services. Fernandez sparked such interest this year after scoring 15 goals in 27 games, driving his possible transfer fee up to $10-12 million—a tidy profit for Necaxa if they sell him, as they purchased him from Argentinian Racing Club for only $684,000 last July.

Fernandez certainly fits the dynamic, versatile profile the Timbers outlined over the offseason and could provide some much-needed production to the Timbers’ struggling attack.

The transfer fee is certainly in the range of the Timbers’ previous targets, making this deal plausible if not yet certain. Stay tuned for more updates, and let us know what you think about this potential deal in the comments below!